The Individual

Behind each of these objects, issues, stories and campaigns are individuals.

Reflecting on the role of The Individual - object no.100. Photo: Joshua Mulholland, Feb 2020.
Take, Write, Share - responding to the full exhibition and the central role of individuals, all of us. Photo: Joshua Mulholland, Feb 2020
Eleanor Roosevelt holding up the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Photo: UN

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world’

– Eleanor Roosevelt, remarks at the United Nations on the 10 anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, March 27, 1958

Exploring and acting for change in the world involves everyone, starting with you.


For more, listen to Eleanor Roosevelt reading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (13mins)

The reflective space created for object no.100 The Individual at the Irish Global Solidarity in 100 Objects exhibition. Photo Joshua Mulholland, Feb 2020


As the 100th object, The Individual was a reflective space for visitors to consider the exhibition and reflect on their role and voice.

As a response piece, you are invited to reflect on the sum of the actions, campaigns and ideas that have gone before you, and to make a comment / draw / Tweet / post #100objects

[for more on sharing your own object, see the 100+1 Project in the education materials.]

Source: you

Format: personal reflection, DIY expression

Year: 2020+